The Brooklyn Nets (18-21) will try to snap their five-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers (25-16) at Wells Fargo Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
Philadelphia is a 7.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 218 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers ATS Prediction
The Nets failed to cover as 9-point favorites in their 118-107 loss to the Utah Jazz in their last matchup. The game’s total points (225) came in just under the O/U total of 225.5. Utah’s turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Brooklyn. The Jazz had a rate of 7.5 (better than their season average of 13.5), while the Nets posted a mark of 11.0. Kyrie Irving was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points on 12-for-19 shooting.
The last time the 76ers took the court, they fell to the Indiana Pacers, 101-95. They failed to cover as 3.5-point underdogs. The combined points for the game (196) were well under the projected point total of 214.5. Indiana made good use of their 31 trips to the charity stripe, converting on 25 of them (80.6 percent). Philadelphia, meanwhile, was 15-19 (78.9 percent). Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons put together a solid performance, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting.
The offense of Brooklyn will clash against the top-notch defense of Philadelphia. The Nets currently rank 24th in offensive efficiency, while the 76ers are sixth in defensive efficiency. The 76ers figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Brooklyn heads into the game with records of 18-21 straight up (SU) and 18-19-1 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has been spot on when setting the total of Nets games, with an even split between overs and unders.
Philadelphia has a respectable 25-16 SU record, but they have trouble covering the spread (18-20-3 ATS). In opposition of Brooklyn, a little over half of 76ers games have finished over the total.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, the 76ers lost 109-89, unable to cover as 4-point favorites. Simmons put up 20 points and five rebounds. The game finished with a total of 198 points, which was 22.5 points below the projected point total of 220.5 points. The Nets had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.9 vs. 15.2) and had a better free throw rate (0.149 vs. 0.116).
Nets vs. 76ers Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
Philadelphia ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (41.2) while Brooklyn ranks 22nd (46.7).
Brooklyn ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (51.1) while Philadelphia ranks 13th (48.1).
The 76ers rank 21st in points off turnovers per game (16.4) while the Nets rank 25th (15.9).
Brooklyn is 7-11-1 ATS on the road, while Philadelphia is 10-8-2 ATS at home.
In its last five games, Brooklyn is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 1.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the 76ers have scored an average of 104.6 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.8 points per game (2.1 above their season average).